Happy new year! Today is the first Sunday in advent and the beginning of a new Church year. Fresh start. We begin a month of preparation. In our day this can be a busy month, however the most important work to be done is really very quiet. We remind ourselves of this as we carefully light one violet candle and say the blessing over it. We whisper prayers together in the glow of the flame. (video here) We come around this table every evening in December. It is the gift we give to ourselves in a season when contemplation can be hard to come by.
We pulled out the trees and lights today. Over the course of the coming weeks we will be adding ornaments and hanging garlands. We will reach for favorite stories to read a little every day, no pressure. (I explain that and share one of my favorites here.) There will be gifts gathered - some purchased and some handmade. There will be beloved saints to feast with throughout.
There will be a concerted effort not to bustle.
To help in the bustle free effort we are spending some time today and tomorrow to look ahead so we have what we need for the upcoming feasts. I will also be printing some mom-inspiration from days gone by.
St Nicholas ideas here
Advent Customs in the Home here
Mrs. Sharp's Traditions - Advent